Pricey, but solid
September 24, 2021
Even though I got a bit of a discount on the package, Jackery remains a pretty expensive option for backup power at around $1 per watt. But I was happy with both items. The solar panel was easy to use and delivered between 80 - 95W when charging the Jackery power station in late afternoon sun. I have another Jackery Explorer unit and it has performed reliably, plus holds a charge for months and months.
My main use is during frequent power outages on our rural electric coop service.
If you are buying this combo, you probably already know what you want; this package works well for modest power needs while car-camping or at home - lights, phones, electronics, laptops and the occasional electric blanket or small appliance. A single solar panel will barely recharge the Jackery 500 in a good day of sunlight, so you may need a second one for faster charging.
- Seems well-built and reliable, pretty easy to transport if needed.
- Charging with the solar panel is not very fast
Best Usesworks well for modest power needs while car-camping or at home - lights, phones, electronics, laptops and the occasional electric blanket or small appliance.